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Open Sourced-ish Financial Model

Over at Ellipsis Marketing, Alex Denning announced today, Open sourcing our $2k financial model spreadsheet for WordPress businesses:

Ellipsis’ financial model sheet is invaluable for getting insight into the performance of any WordPress business. It’s one of the tools we use to base our recommendations on for clients, allowing us to take decisions based on facts gathered from the full picture the sheet presents

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On the whole this is a very useful bit of work done for people in the industry who don’t understand the dynamics and requirements of running a WordPress business. Go get it. But what strikes me is that it’s open source … but not:

We’re releasing the financial model as-is, with no warranty. Use it at your own risk! You’re welcome to use it internally, but you may not distribute the sheet.

So it’s not open source as I know it since in my world redistribution is generally a right. I think it would be best to look at creative commons and apply real licensing guidelines rather than a quick line in a blog post.

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